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Kingman & Heritage Islands: Green oases amid metro DC

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Once each spring, not long after the ospreys return and the wetland grasses become tinged with green, Kingman and Heritage Islands come alive — with bluegrass music.

The annual Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival draws up to 10,000 people to the oft-forgotten green oasis that sprawls between the two shores of the Anacostia River near Washington, District of Columbia’s RFK soccer stadium. Attendees bring lawn chairs and sunscreen, and sprawl in the sun for an afternoon of live music that is the biggest fund-raiser for the Living Classrooms Foundation, which maintains the islands.

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